Archive - Jul 8, 2011
On the very first day of the very first week of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, 24-year-old Tim Smalley signed up.
It was 1986. Mammoth had just incorporated. It was a brand new job in a brand new town. Heâ€™s still here. â€śThe first five days were good,â€ť he said. â€śWe just drove around town to get the lay of the land. We just checked it out.â€ť
Thereâ€™s nothing quite like an afternoon of Chihuahua races at the Village.
The crowd begins to pulse about an hour before the heats begin. Big men, such as Alpine Garageâ€™s Mike Fiebigger, hold their tiny dogs close. His wife, Karen, was alongside. In the Fiebigersâ€™ case, this was an unusual hairless Chihuahua, named Klein.
â€śHeâ€™s like a Billy Idol,â€ť said Fiebiger. (There are three more Chihuahuas in the Fiebiger clan, named Juicy, Dolce and Lelo, but thatâ€™s beside the point.)
Tom Shepard, holding the appropriately named Smidgen, strolled by, showing off.
The cop shop wonâ€™t ever be the same.
Sergeant Karen Smart, on the Mammoth Lakes Police Department force for 25 years, said earlier this week she will retire so that the department can save a job for one of the younger officers.
â€śMy time is done,â€ť she said in a poignant interview early this week. â€śThe younger guys are the future of the department and the future of the town.â€ť
Now that the Fourth of July is over, at least one town councilman is already looking at the next Fourth of July.
Time is short. Matthew Lehman has only a year to figure out what the holiday should look like.
At Wednesdayâ€™s Town Council meeting, Lehman floated the idea of moving the center of attention to the Village rather than Crowley Lake.
He said he knows heâ€™ll hear gasps all over town.
â€śMy primary goal is to help the business community,â€ť he said.
â€śInstead of being one of the worst nights of the year in Mammoth, Iâ€™d like it to be one of the best.â€ť
Several long-time Eastside residents were the first to respond to the news that a Mexican sport fishing boat, the Erik, with 26 American citizens on board, had capsized off the eastern coast of Baja Mexico on July 3, dumping all 43 passengers into the sea in the midst of a raging storm.
Doug and Peggy Magee have owned a home in Baja for 25 years and have lived there permanently for the past ten. Gloria and Ed Vasquez own a home close to the Mageeâ€™s.
Mammoth Mountain picked up a nice mention on NBC Nightly News a week ago. The bit was about our late ski season, narrated by anchor Kate Snow. â€¦
Itâ€™s true! Tony and Cindy Avena, stalwarts in Mammoth for 30 years, have put the venrable Slocumâ€™s up for sale. â€¦
Weâ€™re sure going to miss Jon Eisert, the estimable Ski Surgeon, who folded up shop Tuesday at 12:59:59 p.m. and is on his way to Paso Robles. For good. â€śSome decisions are made for you,â€ť he said. â€śItâ€™s time.â€ť Memories? â€śBack in the day, our dirtbags were better than the current dirtbags.â€ť â€¦